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When a Friend DiesWhen a friend dies, there are a lot of questions you want answered. The first is usually a simple "Why?" Then come more complicated questions: How long will my feelings last? If I don't cry, am I a bad person? When you are grieving for someone, it's important to remember you're not alone, and the questions you're asking and the emotions you're feeling are quite natural and normal.

Author Marilyn E. Gootman, author of "When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing," answers some of teens' most common questions.


  • How should I be acting? Crying, Sleeping, Eating
  • How long will this last?
  • Is it wrong to go parties and have fun?
  • What if I hardly knew the person?
  • I'm afraid to get close to someone else. What if that person dies, too?



    Excerpted from 'When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing' by Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D., 1994. Used with permission from Free Spirit Publishing Inc., Minneapolis, MN; 1-800-735-7323; www.freespirit.com. All rights reserved. To order a copy of this book and other Free Spirit titles call 1-800-735-7323.
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